S.D.Ohio: Cursory search of garage was permissible protective sweep

The bodycam video shows that the entry into the house for a search was by consent of a co-occupant. A cursory search of garage was permitted under protective sweep. United States v. Russell, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9977 (S.D. Ohio Jan. 22, 2019).

Under the inventory rules, there is only limited discretion. Following the department policy is usually sufficient, as it was here. “Given the above circumstances, the detective’s performance of an inventory search was performed subject to MPD policy both on April 24, 2017 and on May 3, 2017. The detectives had probable cause to stop the vehicle and made a reasonable decision to impound the vehicle. According to MPD procedure, it was proper to conduct an inventory search following these series of events. In conducting the inventory searches, the MPD detectives followed the proper MPD guidelines.” United States v. Alexander, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9688 (E.D. Tenn. Jan. 22, 2019).*

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